12/16/05 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium to Hit High Notes on Practice Innovations


Information: Janet D'Alesandro

(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Symposium

to Hit High Notes on Practice Innovations

Nephrology Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice:

 In Harmony to Improve Patient Outcomes

April 2-5, 2006 • Gaylord Opryland Resort • Nashville, TN

PITMAN, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will hold its 37th National Symposium April 2-5, 2006 in Nashville, TN, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The conference this year is spotlighting evidence-based nursing practice, with a diverse program that features the most current information on improving patient outcomes, treatment advances and practice issues.

The full conference program and registration details are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

Education sessions, which will be taught by nationally recognized experts, are designed to meet the needs of nephrology nurses at all levels and practice settings. Sessions include such topics as home hemodialysis, diuretics and heart failure, transplantation and health policy. The symposium also offers the opportunity to earn continuing nursing education credits, network with colleagues, visit the exhibit hall and attend special events.


There are six preconference workshops on Sunday, April 2, including a certification review course. The featured workshop topics examine diabetes outcomes, access management, end-of-life issues, disparity of care in the United States health care system and effective leadership.

Later that evening, the symposium’s Opening Ceremonies will be hosted by ANNA President Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN. Immediately after, former television news anchor Anne Ryder will present the symposium opening presentation, “Three Steps to Power, Peace, and Perseverance: Lessons in Health Care from Mother Teresa.” Ryder was the last journalist to interview Mother Teresa before her death, and she has traveled the world speaking about peace and spiritual balance.

On Monday, April 3, Sheila A. Ryan, PhD, RN, FAAN, a former nephrology nurse, and Barry Straube, MD, chief operating officer, acting director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will deliver the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Dr. Ryan will explore the gains made in clinical practice today by using evidence-based knowledge, and Dr. Straub will discuss the latest CMS initiatives and guidelines.

Concurrent sessions run from Monday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 5. Topics include:

  • Psychoneuroimmunology: Evidence-Based Healing (Mind Over Matter)
  • Improving ESRD Patient Outcomes: Achieving Magnet Status
  • Sex, Drugs, and Dialysis (sexual dysfunction prevalence and treatment)
  • Fistula First: From ESRD National Improvement Project to CMS Breakthrough Initiative
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Hypertension: Utilizing the Evidence
  • Ethical Issues in Current Practice
  • Evaluating Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease

On Wednesday, April 5, there will be an optional postconference workshop, “Finding Truth in the Evidence: A Review of Pharmacotherapy in the 20th Century.” J. Richard Brown, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, Director of Drug Information Services at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN, will describe historic controversies in United States health care and will examine widely publicized contradictions in medical evidence.

Special Events

Saturday, April 1, will feature a Dinner Symposium at 6 pm sponsored by Abbott Laboratories. Abbott is also sponsoring an informal First Night Mixer at 8:15 pm that night.

On Sunday, April 2, American Regent, Inc. is hosting a Lunch Symposium from 11:15 am to 1 pm for preconference workshop participants. Later that day, ANNA will sponsor a First-time Attendees and New Members Welcome Discussion. In the evening, ANNA will present ANNA’s Big Event – Music City USA! featuring Chris and Preston’s country line dancing followed by the popular country/rock band, Gary Jenkins and the Thundering Hearts.

On Tuesday, April 4, Amgen will host a Breakfast Symposium on “Maintaining Hb Outcomes in Patients on Dialysis: Operational Anemia Management.” Later that day, the annual Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon will honor ANNA’s volunteers and nephrology nurses for their accomplishments during the past year. The 2006-07 ANNA Board of Directors will assume their elected positions, highlighted by the passing of the gavel from current President Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, to incoming President JoAnne Gilmore, BSN, RN, CNN. That evening, Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., will sponsor a Dinner Symposium at 6:15 pm.

On Wednesday, April 5, Watson Pharma, Inc. will sponsor a Breakfast Symposium on “A Balanced Approach to Anemia Therapy: IV Iron and EPO.”

Continuing Education Information

Over 33 continuing education credits may be earned for the symposium (including corporate-sponsored meal symposia and networking sessions), with additional credits available for the preconference and postconference workshops. Advanced practice nurses may earn pharmacology credit that can be applied toward pharmacology credit requirements. ANNA is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

NNCC Certification Exams Offered

The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis (CCHT) Examination on April 1 from 12:30 pm to 5 pm. Separate registration fees and forms are required for each exam. For more information and applications, call the NNCC National Office toll free at 888-884-6622 or 856-256-2321. Applications may be downloaded online from NNCC’s Web site, www.nncc-exam.org.

Symposium Brochures Available

To receive a registration brochure for the ANNA 37th National Symposium, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; e-mail anna@ajj.com. The complete registration brochure is also available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with 12,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease processes requiring replacement therapies

through advocacy, scholarship and excellence.